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Written by Gene Quinn
Patent Attorney & Founder of IPWatchdog, Inc.
Principal Lecturer, PLI Patent Bar Review Course
Posted: November 30, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

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I am pleased to announce that the Editors of the ABA Journal yesterday announced they have selected as one of the top 100 best law blogs by lawyers, for lawyers. Now readers are being asked to vote on their favorites in each of the 4th Annual Blawg 100’s 12 categories. is in the “IP Law” category. To vote, please visit The 2010 ABA Journal Blawg 100. You do need to register to be able to vote, but registration is free (and they don’t seem to send any unsolicited e-mails, which is nice). If you are already registered all you have to do is sign in and vote. Voting ends at close of business on December 30, 2010.

On the ABA Top 100 website, under IP Law, the Editors of the ABA Journal had this to say about

Some notable posts for IPWatchdog this year—the 11th for Gene Quinn’s website—include interviews with both Nick Godici, former acting director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and current director David Kappos.

In fact, we conducted numerous interviews throughout the year, and our interview series no doubt has become a focal point of our efforts to provide unique content for our readers.  It is certainly fair to say that those who took the time to submit to an interview helped play an important role in our receiving this recognition, so a deserved tip of the hat is owed to these individuals.  Special thanks goes out to all those I had the privilege interviewing during 2010 (listed below in alphabetical order):

  • U.S. Senator Birch Bayh (ret.)
  • Q. Todd Dickinson, Former USPTO Director (current Executive Director AIPLA)
  • Jim Greenwood, President & CEO of BIO
  • Nick Godici, Former Acting USPTO Director (currently with Birch Stewart)
  • Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General
  • David Kappos, USPTO Director
  • Chancellor Linda Katehi, UC Davis
  • Professor Mark Lemley, Stanford University
  • Chief Judge Paul Michel, CAFC (ret.)
  • Gary Michelson, Independent Inventor who sold his portfolio for $1.35 billion
  • Cheryl Milone, President of Article One Partners
  • Chief Judge Randall Rader, CAFC

While I am the principal author of articles that appear on, we are lucky to have a number of individuals who contribute as well. First and foremost is my partner in crime, business and life, Renee C. Quinn, who I am told was referred to by USPTO Director David Kappos as my “better half,” which I still haven’t lived down!  Renee has written numerous business articles, focusing primarily on using social media to establish yourself as an expert and generating business.  She also writes about brand building and other matters as well.

We are also lucky to have had thirty-four (34) others contribute to so far during 2010.  In alphabetical order here is the list of contributors who have written for us so far this year, and who certainly deserve a share of this great recognition:

  • Joseph Allen
  • Andrew Beckerman-Rodau
  • Richard Belzer
  • Merritt Blakeslee
  • Dmitry Brant
  • Andrew Cole
  • Robert C. Cumbow
  • Scott Daniels
  • Staci Dresher
  • Tracy-Gene Durkin
  • Jeffery Fougere
  • Eric Guttag
  • Michelle Holoubek
  • Beth Hutchens
  • Michael Kasdan
  • Ron Katznelson, Ph.D.
  • David Kline
  • Gaby Longsworth
  • Scott A. McKeown
  • Leo Mazur
  • Trent Merrell
  • James Mintz
  • Andre Nel
  • Henry Notthaft
  • Mark Nowotarski
  • Sue D. Nym* (protecting the identity of an anonymous contributor)
  • Robert Plotkin
  • James Richardson
  • Eric Steffe
  • Roberto M. Suárez
  • Amy Towell
  • Pat Walsh
  • Joff Wild
  • Tara J. Williams

It is a great honor to be included in the ABA top 100, but true thanks needs to go to our readers who make what we do worthwhile.  We really appreciate the time you take to read our thoughts and rantings, and the truly substantive participation we have in comments to the articles.

Now, if I can ask a favor — please vote, and please vote for! The below screenshot shows you where you can register or login, and where you will find the IP Law category, just look for the large red arrows in the image below.

Cheers and thanks for your support!

About first launched in October of 1999, and since that time the site has been a trusted resource on intellectual property for the many millions of unique visitors who have come here for information and news. Today is recognized as one of the leading sources for news and information in the patent and innovation industries. During 2010 has expanded live reporting efforts, covered conferences,conventions and important speeches, and even a medal ceremony at the White House. We also have conducted and published a number of interviews with industry insiders. We look forward to continuing these efforts moving forward throughout 2010 and into 2011.

About the ABA Journal:

The ABA Journal is the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, and it is read by half of the nation’s 1.1 million lawyers every month. It covers the trends, people and finances of the legal profession from Wall Street to Main Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. features breaking legal news updated as it happens by staff reporters throughout every business day, a directory of more than 3,000 lawyer blogs, and the full contents of the magazine.

About the ABA:

With approximately 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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About the Author

is a Patent Attorney and the founder of the popular blog, which has for three of the last four years (i.e., 2010, 2012 and 2103) been recognized as the top intellectual property blog by the American Bar Association. He is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course. As an electrical engineer with a computer engineering focus his specialty is electronic and computer devices, Internet applications, software and business methods.


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  1. A hard-earned and well deserved award indeed; for you both.

    Thank you (and your interviewees, contributors, and comment posters) for all the great information, analysis, and viewpoints you all provide.

    The IP world wouldn’t be the same without you … meaning, o’ course, that you’re “stuck” continuing to do what you do … for many years to come. :-)

  2. Congrats – a free round of my special Kool Aid for everyone.

  3. Thanks Steve. Thanks BD.

    I love doing this and don’t plan on going anywhere. After all, someone has to help with the Kook Aid sales, right?


  4. Gene,

    Congratulations! The ABA journal is terrific recognition for you. My experience in the coverage by you Gene is demonstrative of your analytical and objective reporting. When launched, you had questions about our model. I reached out and after several discussions, you followed-up with additional in depth coverage and praise as well as an interview. I also found your coverage of Director Kappos’ initiatives at the Patent Office to be insightful and supportive of the industry. I applaud your work and feel fortunate to be counted among your interviewees (and I already voted! and encourage others to do the same).

    All the best, Cheryl

  5. Kook Aid sales

    Was that a Freudian slip?

  6. Steve-

    Thank you for your comment. I agree with your assessment that the IP World would not be the same without Gene. I tell him that all of the time. Good to hear from others though. We do work hard to fight the good fight and I am so proud to be a part of it. And we appreciate you and all of our readers for your ongoing support.

    All the best,


  7. Cheryl,

    Although I have not met you, I want to personally thank you as well as all of those who have agreed to interviews with The IPWatchdog. Again, we could not be where we are without the support of folks like you. We also appreciate your kind comments. It keeps us motivated knowing that we have such loyal readers who respect and appreciate what we and Gene in particular, are trying to do for the betterment of IP.

    All the best (to you as well)


  8. Congrats on making the ABA’a top 100, and thank you for linking to the list of IP/patent law blogs. I’m glad that IP is starting to get the attention that it deserves.